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Big Donuts, Burgers, & Brisket {Austin, Texas Trip Part 1}

Mike and I just got back from an amazing trip to visit family in Austin, Texas.

And when I say amazing, I mean A-MAZ-ING.

Temps were in the upper 90’s the whole trip but that was a great excuse for sweet tea, lemonade, and shakes all day.

It was good practice for if we’re ever lucky to move back to Texas one day.

Let’s start with the food.

We had so much delicious grub I’m surprised no one had to roll Mike and I down the terminal to the airplane.

{The Food}

Our first major food stop was to Round Rock Donuts.

Fantastic donuts the size of your head or your niece!

I’m proud to say he almost made it through the whole thing but in the battle of Man v. Food, food won.

Austin is full of fun food trucks and trailers.

The Mighty Cone had delicious fried pickles and chocolate shakes.  In fact, when we ordered, the woman looked up at us just to confirm we wanted “pickles and chocolate”.  The answer was yes.

The trailer is located on South Congress  Ave. and we hit it up during First Thursday when lots of street vendors and shops are open for a big block party.  Super yummy–only wish we weren’t so full from lunch so we could have tried more!

Here’s another trailer just down the street–didn’t get to try anything but I loved the retro look and the sign.

I loved the names of all the food trailers lining the street but nothing made me laugh like the sign for the trash area.

When we go back to Austin (notice I didn’t say “if”), trying more food trailer samplings will be at the top of my to-do list.

We also had some fantastic burgers too!

We met up with my cousin and wife one night downtown and had dinner at Hut’s Hamburgers.  The place had a 50’s/dive bar feel and the food was downright tasty.  They also had super yummy fried pickles.

I just realized I had fried pickles twice that day.  Maybe I should change the name of my blog to “Peanut Butter & Fried Pickles…twice in one day!”

Our last lunch in Austin was at Mighty Fine Burgers.  Any place called “Mighty Fine” is mighty fine in my book.  Your order is taken on the paper bag for your food and the burger was one of the best I’ve ever had.  You could even say it was mighty fine.  Ha.

I’ve saved the best for last.  Texas barbecue.

Knock me over with a feather.  During this trip I think I died and went to heaven twice:

1. Walking into this giant purse emporium at the suggestion of my mother in law

2. Tasting brisket burnt ends at the Salt Lick

The Salt Lick.  Seriously.  I still cannot verbalize or communicate how good this meal was.  The best I can do is let you drool over the photos.

Salt Lick BBQ
See that umbrella?  Yeah, that’s the smoker guy.  Don’t want his job on a 100° day!
Drooling yet?
Main dining room
Brisket, ribs, and sausage…how about now?
Family style
If you aren’t drooling yet, you must be vegetarian
Six pack ornaments aka Texas sized jalapenos
Hold me back
No really
I’m serious.
Don’t you wish you were me?

I think the photos speak for themselves.  Not only was it the best BBQ I’d ever had, it was the best meat I’ve ever had.  Burnt ends are proof that God wants us to be happy.

In addition to the Salt Lick, we also had great BBQ at the Green Mesquite

While I thought the Salt Lick was better, this BBQ still beats anything we have in the Midwest.  This place also had more of a dive BBQ joint feel.

To do a fair comparison, I ordered their brisket and sausage.  It was darn good too!

As we were walking out, two signs caught my eye and made me laugh.  Remember, my middle name is sarcasm!  Notice the coffee one at the bottom of the row.  It says, “Drink Coffee.  Do stupid things faster and with more energy.”  I’m not even a coffee drinker but that made me bust a gut.

Clearly by the theme of this post, the sign below of course made me chuckle.

Are you stuffed yet?!?  We sure were!  I can’t wait to go back.  Those burnt ends are still calling my name.

Stay turned for part 2 of Austin!

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